Review: Curse of the Cortes Stone


Written By: Various Writers
Illustrated By: Roland Bird
Lettered By: Johnny Lowe
Colored By: Rick Hannah
Reviewed By: Dark Jedi Queen
Published By: Arcana

Curse of the Cortes Stone is a crossover story of several super heroes, Frank Dircherl’s The Wraith, Joe Martino’s Shadowflame, and Scott A. Story’s Johnny Saturn. These three heroes come together to fight an evil they don’t know much about. All they know is they are fighting zombie’s and a big red monster that can crush skulls without blinking an eye. Everything is converging and it all has to do with the Cortes Stone.

The storyline is fast paced and filled with action. The story is very good and not bogged down with trying to give a lot of information about characters the readers may not be familiar with. I’ve only ever read Shadowflame’s comics but this crossover makes me want to get my hands on The Wraith and Johnny Saturn’s stories to read more about them. Dircherl, Martino, and Story do a very good job of writing a story that is wonderful and seems to be true to the respective characters.

The art is very detailed. It’s so detailed that I spent a good bit of time actually studying each page on my second read through. The many details aren’t needed for the over all story, they are just really nice additions I still love the sound effects and visual effects added in both the words and the details, they supplement the art very well. I really liked the zombies. They were disgusting to look at, like all zombies should be, but were not juicy as some I have seen when dug up from graves to serve people.The artist put in all stages of decay and that is awesome as sometimes some artists leave out the almost skeletons.

The coloring is just astounding. It’s just like the artist again in that the details are very nice and I just got lost in them just like I did the details of art and in a very good way. I especially loved the zombies with their coloring. It really looks like rotting flesh on the corpses, with no embellishments. Everything in this comic looks real. The coloring details are rich and complex. It speaks of the car and a love of the job. Each characters seems to keep the same art and coloring from their respective comics.

This comic was a joy to read, all three times that I did. Each read through I caught something in the art or the story I missed the other times that I read through and that just made it a richer and better read to me. This series seems to me, by what I have read so far, to be a comic that I could pick up and read yearly. It is worth purchasing a hard copy of the entire series.

This book is well worth a look, and you can do that with this LINK; after all why wouldn’t you want to look at this book? Its good enough for 5 of 5 Denarii.